It’s the usual story isn’t it. Skateboarders hanging out trying to skate a sweet spot somewhere when a couple of jumped up losers who’ve got nothing better to do decide to come along and try and ruin their fun. I remember this too well from my days growing up in Birmingham. There were a few spots that we used to session on a daily basis – one was a doctor’s surgery car park (when the surgery was closed) and another a Mormon Church car park which was only used on Sundays, which is when we switched over to the doctor’s surgery. We skated both of these spots for a whole summer until we started getting grief from people calling the cops on us. It got to the point where we couldn’t even hang out and sit on the wall whilst our buddies skated around the empty car park. Cops would come down and give us grief, all for doing what kids do, just hanging out having fun. Fair enough it wasn’t actually public property but COME ON – we’re skating, not jacking cars or mugging people. I imagine that skateboarders get grief across the whole country for shit like this. Every skater’s probably encountered some kind of hassle from either a member of the public or a shop keeper or a businessman or a cop or a toy cop etc when really they’re not actually doing anything that bad. There are a hell of a lot of things worse than skateboarding that they could be doing. Skateboarding isn’t a crime, is it?
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The kids in the video below are over in The States, sessoning their local park when a couple of twats roll up decide to spoil there fun. The woman takes a swipe at the kid’s camera before the grown up dude tries to swing for the kid on several occasions. Watching this makes me angry and makes me want to go and fight people like the twat who’s swinging for the kid. I’m going to go play a game of squash instead and get rid of some of my angry energy that way.
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